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How many of you use the makeup sponges/applicator on the left?
I did.

Every. Day.

I’d use at least one every day I put makeup on. I started to think about how many of these things I’ve thrown away over the years. How many were thrown away by people all over the world. It seemed so wasteful.

I started looking and found these silicone applicators on the right. You get three on Amazon for $9.99.

Not only can you wash these and use them over and over it also take a FRACTION of the amount of makeup because nothing soaks in. I would guess I use only a quarter of what I use to use.

I’m really happy with this product and I feel better that I’m wasting so much less in sponges and in makeup. If you use makeup I encourage you to check these out.
3/$9.99 …. You can’t go wrong.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06W5FFGBS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Ug.5ybD28A8MS

6 things i stopped buying: minimalism journey (+ reduce waste)

1. Makeup Remover Wipes: instead, use a washcloth (preferably black) and apply coconut oil or almond oil to the cloth (or face), then use the cloth to wipe your entire makeup off until satisfied. *(continue with face wash routine or face mask)

benefits: reusable // machine washable // save money // gentle on the skin // effectively removes makeup

2. Plastic Toothbrushes:  instead, buy a pack of bamboo toothbrushes on amazon or a general store. use these brushes as you would any other brush and thoroughly brush to improve oral health.

benefits: organic // reusable // decomposable // cleanses teeth effectively // eco-friendly // BPA free bristles

3. Multi-Step Facial Cleansers & Name Brand Body Washes: instead, use African Black soap for both your body and face with your preferred method of washing (electronic brush, hands, or wash cloth). for more simple face washes, consider using vegan and/or organic facial washes that work for your skin type.

benefits: multipurpose // improves overall skin health // all skin types (especially acne prone or oily) // single-step process // organic // save money

4. Plastic Water Bottles: instead, use a simple stainless steel bottle that you can refill throughout the day and keep up with.

benefits: reusable // washable // aesthetic // easy to monitor and handle // eco-friendly

5. Face Moisturizers: instead, use carrier oils (such as coconut oil, argan oil, almond oil, castor oil) that work with your skin type/skin needs *(you can try combining them with essential oils such as tea tree oil, lavender oil, etc.)

benefits: organic // improves skin health // no harsh chemicals // save money // longer lasting // multipurpose

6. Animal Cruelty Makeup: instead, buy makeup products that you truly need (wear daily) from companies that are Animal-Cruelty FREE and/or vegan. do your research and spend your money wisely. some may seem expensive, but consider how much some high-end brands benefit from not being animal-cruelty free *(invest in vegan and/or organic products too).

benefits: eco-friendly // animal-cruelty free // healthier for skin // long-term benefits // *vegan and/or organic

How to Plant Flowers From Seeds to Help Save The Bees!

Originally posted by lottiedotts

The rusty patched bumble bee has recently been listed as endangered and all bees are in trouble due to habitat destruction, pesticides, parasites, and other causes, but there’s an easy way you can help! Planting flowers is a wonderful easy way to help pollinators! Now is a great time to plant some seeds since Spring just started. I created an easy guide about planting seeds for anyone who would like to try. This information also applies to vegetable seeds. Don’t get overwhelmed by the long list, these steps are actually rather simple and take place over a few weeks. I just wanted to provide as much information as possible, but I would still recommend reading the whole thing, or printing it out, since it’s all useful information. :)

Important: Go organic and do not use pesticides! Your flowers will be pretty useless if you use pesticides on them, you can’t use them, and the bees can’t use them either if they’re coated in chemicals. Pesticides can kill bees and other insects . Non-organic chemicals and pesticides are a cause of pollution, destroying animal habitats! Try to find soils and seeds labelled “Organic” and do not use pesticides! 

Please also do not kill caterpillars and worms and other beneficial insects. If a caterpillar is bothering you, do not kill it, move it elsewhere instead.  When caterpillars grow up, they turn into beneficial butterflies!

1. Pick out some pretty flower seeds and plant labels and a sharpie if you don’t have one (and an indoor seed starter if you want to start your seeds indoors. check your packet, some seeds say to only start them outdoors. I personally think starting seeds outdoors is way easier.) 

Tips for picking out seeds: 

  • In general, bigger seeds are easier to get to sprout and less delicate. 
  • Get perennials or natives if you don’t want to water them less often. 
  • Non GMO means non genetically modified. 
  • Organic seeds are better for the environment. 
  • Some flowers, like nasturtiums, are edible, If they are edible, its say on the back of the packet.  
  • Some flowers can also be used in flower arrangements, dried, or used in teas (it’ll say on the back of the packet. You can also google lists of edible flowers, good cut flowers, good dried flowers, and good tea flowers.) 
  • Bees like most flowers, but you can also google a list of flowers bees like best.
  •  You can also find the height at full size, and whether the plant needs to grow in the sun or shade on the back of the packet.

2. google to make sure they aren’t invasive in your state, and find out what number zone you live in if you live in the US.

3. follow the directions on the packet for planting time and location. It usually says when to plant them based on a frost date, which you can find out from googling “<the name of your state> frost date”. You don’t have to be exact about seed planting depth, just get as close as you can. The germination time is how long it’ll take the seeds to sprout. Keep the seed packet somewhere where you can find it.

4. Label your seeds with the plant labels and sharpie. Write when you planted them and the name of the flowers.

5. Check on your seeds every day. Water them when the soil is dry. If they wilt, don’t worry, try watering them, and they might come back up the next day! Some seeds also take a while to sprout, so keep watering them, they’ll sprout eventually!

6. (If you are using an indoor seed starter) Once your seedlings are a few (around 1-3) inches tall, take them outside and plant them in the ground. 

7. Continue watering when the soil is dry. Native plants, perennials, and shrubs don’t really need watering once they’re big. Watering plants can be a fun relaxing activity and a good excuse to get outside more.

8. You did it! You have flowers! Thank you for helping the pollinators! :D

Please reblog to spread the information! Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Originally posted by anishacreations

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Meet the Rutgers students who invented an eco-friendly transportation service for refugees

  • Trump wants to ban refugees from entering the United States. But these Rutgers University students want to help refugees live with dignity.
  • Rutgers Business School seniors Gia Farooqi, Hasan Usmani, Moneeb Mian and alumna Hana Lakhani — who are all Muslim — pitched Roshni Rides to the international social entrepreneurship competition Hult Prize for a $1 million prize.
  • The group won the regional finals of the competition in March, out of 50,000 applicants. The team beat out schools like Harvard, Yale and Purdue, and is one of five regional winners across the world, Umair Masood, Rutgers’ campus director for the Hult Prize, said in an email.
  • Roshni Rides is an eco-friendly rickshaw service, a two- or-three-wheeled man-powered passenger cart, that will allow refugees to travel with ease and without a financial burden.
  • If the team wins the $1 million prize, Roshni Rides would start its service in Orangi Town, Pakistan. Read more (3/9/17 3:14 PM)

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always preferred being alone 

be like snow, beautiful but cold 

 they’ll break your heart to pieces, then call you heartless.

maybe we feel empty because we leave pieces of ourselves in everything we used to love.

be proud of yourself for how hard you’re trying.

the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

it may have been in pieces, but I gave you the best of me.

city of stars, are you shining just for me

girl, you’ll be a woman soon

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be somebody nobody thought you could be

the heavy smell of flower petals ㅤstroked the walls of my lungs

what a feeling to be a queen beside you?

screw beautiful. I’m brilliant. if you want to appease me, compliment my brain

to be reborn, you have to die first

behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic

you wanted fire? sorry, my specialty is ice

everybody you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. be kind. always.

you are the sun, the moon, the stars and all that other good shit

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Zero Waste Tips

Whenever you go out, bring with you:

-a reusable water bottle filled with water (this prevents the purchase of plastic water bottles)

-an empty reusable coffee mug that can be filled during your travels, or a full reusable cup mug that you filled at home (prevents paper coffee cups and gives you a discount at many coffee shops, including Starbucks) 

-some kind of small cloth that can be used in place of napkins, tissues, and paper towels

-at least one reusable shopping bag (I have one I bring everywhere that folds up into a little square pouch) 

-a reusable container (useful if you eat out and have take home food) 

Myxxfly.com Buying second hand or eco-friendly clothing reduces textile waste, helps the planet, and makes your wardrobe infinitely more fly.

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“Recently I’ve become super interested in sustainability and transparency and understanding what I’m putting on my face and on my body. It’s been a fun little mission to see how far I can go with it… Can I create a completely sustainable wardrobe? Can I dress sustainably on the red carpet? Can I put together a hair and makeup look with completely organic products? I needed to figure out if it was achievable or not. You can’t talk the talk if you don’t walk the walk.”